Wooden Patio Furniture – Which is the Best and Most Popular Wood to Choose? (Part I)

Wooden patio furniture is made from several types of wood and each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. If you are certain that you want to use wood furniture, here is a brief overview of the different types of wooden furniture to help you in selecting the correct type of wooden patio furniture for your lifestyle and the climate.


Teak is the most expensive type of furniture materials you can come across. You are expected to pay thousands of dollars for high quality teak patio furniture. But they are really an investment because even for outdoors use, it will last for years, sometimes decades.

Teak is a very unique wood and easily worked. It has natural oils that make it suitable for use in exposed locations (no matter what type of weather it’s exposed to). It is durable even when not treated with oil or varnish. You can even leave teak furniture out in the snow or cold and it won’t harm the furniture. You don’t need to do much when it comes to caring of teak patio furniture. Probably, you need not do anything at all.

Teak naturally is a silver-gray color and if left untreated, the teak furniture will lighten over time to a silvery color. If you want to preserve the natural light honey color that the teak furniture, all you need to do is rub the furniture with special teak oil or coating once and awhile. Teak is very expensive because it’s a slow growth wood, meaning that there is not that much of it to go around since it takes so long for the trees to grow.

If you want something equivalent to the durability of fine teak patio furniture but you can’t afford it, then you should seriously consider cedar patio furniture.


Cedar is a type fragrant wood and often used for rustic style patio furniture. Like teak, cedar is also a hard wood and will stand up well to the elements because cedar has a natural immunity to rotting, cracking, and other problems that can destroy untreated wooden patio furniture. Cedar wood and cedar oil is known to be a natural repellent to moths. Even an untreated piece of cedar furniture can last for more than eight years left outside year round in every type of weather.

Just like teak if cedar is left untreated it will fade to a natural silver-gray color that many people like. As an added bonus, the strong aroma of cedar wood acts as a natural insect repellent so having cedar furniture means that you will have fewer pests to deal with when you are trying to enjoy your patio. Cedar is also exceptionally strong, so people of all sizes can be comfortable in cedar patio furniture all year long.